William J. Karaban
William J. Karaban
Team: Football

William J. Karaban '35
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1975

William J. Karaban '35 was one of the finest offensive fullbacks in Brown's history, a hard-nosed, slashing, driving runner rather than a breakaway threat. Playing against a tough Syracuse team in 1933, Karaban led the Bruins to a 10-7 victory by rushing for 133 yards and scoring all his team's points on a touchdown, conversion, and 33-yard field goal. He also set a Brown record for rushing attempts in that game with 33. The 5-10, 180-pound fullback was also a passing threat in an era when the passing game did not dominate. In the Yale Bowl in 1933, he completed nine of 11 passes for 103 yards. As captain of the 1934 Bruins, Karaban scored all of his team's points in the 18-0 opener against Boston University, including one touchdown romp of 49 yards, and picked up close to 150 yards on the ground. On Thanksgiving morning that year he put on an All-American performance in a losing cause as the Bears came close to upsetting nationally ranked Colgate. Karaban's persistent bull-like rushes seemed to inspire the Bruins and helped them to take a 13-7 lead, with Karaban scoring twice. Coach Andy Kerr's Red Raiders finally rallied for a 20-13 victory, but the Brown captain, the large No. 12 on his back, was a heroic figure in defeat. Karaban had 48 points that season to rank among the nation's leaders. A rough, tough player of the old school, Karaban was a 60-minute performer in nearly every game and played the entire second half of the Boston University game in 1934 with a badly broken nose. Capt. Bill Karaban was an Honorable Mention selection on the All-American team of 1934.